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Posted on Mon, Jun 11, 2012 : 10:30 a.m.

Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer sings Michigan fight song at Columbus concert

By Kyle Meinke

The Red Hot Chili Peppers delivered an encore that its Columbus, Ohio, crowd won't soon forget.

Or, likely, forgive.

As drummer Chad Smith was being cheered following a performance at Value City Arena -- Ohio State's basketball facility -- the Detroit native picked up a mic and sung the first few measures to "The Victors," the University of Michigan fight song.

He, of course, was roundly booed by the partisan crowd.

Then he dropped the mic, and walked off stage. Literally.

Kyle Meinke covers Michigan football for He can be reached at 734-623-2588, by email at and followed on Twitter @kmeinke.



Tue, Jun 12, 2012 : 7:55 p.m.

I wouldn't say classless, I would say brave. This is all in good fun but man to do that in Columbus... that could of went very bad. Luckily for them it was ok. As a buckeye alum I certainly love the chillis' and always will...bring it on!


Tue, Jun 12, 2012 : 2:41 p.m.

Brave man.


Mon, Jun 11, 2012 : 9:51 p.m.

actually kinda classless. If the opposite had happened at Crisler ppl in AA would be ripping this guy....


Tue, Jun 12, 2012 : 6:47 p.m.

I'm with riverraisin. I wouldn't even recognize the OSU fight song if someone started singing it.

Blue Marker

Tue, Jun 12, 2012 : 11:22 a.m.

Lighten up Frances!


Tue, Jun 12, 2012 : 2:23 a.m.

i like my chili hot!! great job. . . GO BLUE!!!!!!


Tue, Jun 12, 2012 : 12:49 a.m.

"If the opposite had happened at Crisler ppl in AA would be ripping this guy...." True, but it didn't, it never will, so we won't. Actually, if someone started singing the first couple of lines to the tosu fight song, no one would even recognize it. It's not America's favorite fight song.


Mon, Jun 11, 2012 : 8:46 p.m.

..lovely.. Go Blue! v


Mon, Jun 11, 2012 : 7:35 p.m.

I agree with all the above comments. Wasn't a fan of em that much but this stepped them up a notch. Chad smith u the man. How awesome is that to be singing in colombus at an Ohio facility and to finish off his show by singing the greatest college fight song to a bunch of suckeye fans. Awesome


Mon, Jun 11, 2012 : 6:58 p.m.

Never did like the Red Hot Chili Peppers, but they seemed to have made my perception of them better. Anytime anyone does this to a bunch of Ohio slappies, it's just bittersweet.


Mon, Jun 11, 2012 : 6:37 p.m.

Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahahahaha. That what you get, Columbus.

Hale Tigers

Mon, Jun 11, 2012 : 3:56 p.m.

Chad Smith, you are my hero.


Mon, Jun 11, 2012 : 3:53 p.m.

AWESOME!!! They have officially become my favorite band


Mon, Jun 11, 2012 : 3:27 p.m.

Oops...looks like Kellie beat ya to it.